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You want apps, and the Android market has plenty of them except at times finding what you want or something new can be a bit challenging. Don't worry, we have got you covered, so let's hit the break and check out some of this weeks picks.

Richard Devine - Darth Maul Me (Free)

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Let's face it, Darth Maul was the best thing about Star Wars Episode 1. This app from Lucasarts Darth Maul Melets you (to an extent) become Darth Maul.

It uses either camera on your phone or a preselected photograph. Once you have your picture you can tweak its position to get the best view of your face in the frame. Then select which 'face' you want, listen to the cool Star Wars sounds and voila! You as the Sith lord.

The photos aren't particularly high res, but for a self confessed Star Wars geek like myself there's no reason not to play around with it. Now where did I put my lightsaber? [Market Link]

Alex Dobie - AndFTP and AndFTP Pro (Free / UK£3.44)

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Sure, social networks are great for sharing images, videos and the like, but when you're transferring files to and from networked computers, sometimes good old FTP is the most convenient method to use. AndFTP is a lightweight app that lets you quickly and easily transfer content too and from your phone over FTP, SFTP, FTPS, and in the paid version, SCP.

As well as basic functionality like uploading and downloading, you also get resume support, as well AndFTPas the ability to tweak advanced options like connection mode and character set. The paid version also gives you access to a folder synchronization tool, which could be a great way to keep media automatically sync'd between your phone and your computer, if you're the technical type. Perhaps the coolest feature, though, is the way AndFTP seamlessly fits into Android's sharing feature, allowing one-click uploading of files in a file browser, or images in the Gallery app.

There's a free version of AndFTP available that lacks some of the advanced functionality. If you want SCP support, folder synchronization and the ability to send custom commands (or if you're feeling generous and want to support the developer), you'll want to upgrade to AndFTP Pro for £3.44. [Market Link]

Jerry Hildenbrand - Light Flow Lite (Free)

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On the advice of the folks in the Galaxy Nexus forums I installed Light Flow to manage how the LED on my Galaxy Nexus works.  They were right!  With Light Flow I can decide what color, how long, and at what rate the LED blinks for different events and notifications.  The free version works with 14 different notification types, allowing me to set a different style of notification LED for each.  Light Flow LiteI can also set notifications on a per contact basis, with a different LED pattern for missed calls, SMS messages, and MMS messages.  The paid version enables notifications for over 100 apps, including social networks like Twitter and Google+, and allows for a bit more fine-tuning of things like blink rate and time until the LED shuts off.

Most importantly, I can set Light Flow so that I don't get LED notifications for certain events, and to not blink at all during certain hours.  No more of my bedroom lighting up like a disco in the middle of the night.  Light Flow Lite is free in the Market, and the paid version is $1.99  You'll need Android 2.2 or higher, and a device with a multi-color notification LED of course.  Give it a shot! [Market Link]


Reader comments

Android Central Editors' app picks for Jan 28, 2012


Light Flow is buggy. It works for a while, then decides it's going to start lighting up when you don't have any notifications, and then forget to tell you when you do actually have a notification. Then the colors start messing up.

Wish there was another option on the market...

Yeah I get these issues too. Usually reboot fixes it but it is rather annoying that I need to do that in the first place.

This happens when you have a LED notification set to be dismissed/cleared incorrectly. For example, if you have it set to clear when "Application opened", then if you simply clear the notifications without actually opening the app the notification is for, then the LED notification will continue to display.

Your best best is to try out NoLED. Your entire screen is used for notification. Why worry about what color your notification light is when it displays an icon on your screen.

The screen is any device's biggest power consumer, whereas an LED is not. I have enough battery issues without notifications adding to it.

I have been using AndFTP for quite a while, I also use it for backups since it has a sync feature.

Darth Maul Me looks like it would be fun if it didn't freeze and force close every time I try to take a picture.

Only 3 apps this week? Slim pickin's. The Darth Maul Me app seems similar to Zombie Booth which is pretty cool and worked well.

We need an option in the Market to view only the NEW APPS! I get so tired of looking for NEW APPS and having to look through all of the same ole Promoted apps over and over again.

A search always shows all of the Promoted stuff, even if it is totally unrelated to your search keyword!

Pretty cool lil app. Nice to know what you're missing without having to turn the screen on. No glitch problems so far but i did read in the market comments about people having issues. So far so good.